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Deutsche Bank calls for unibody iPhone 5 plus iPhone 4S

updated 12:35 pm EDT, Mon September 26, 2011

4S seen as selling for under $350 contract-free

Apple will indeed sell two new iPhones this year, argues Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore. The first, the iPhone 5, is predicted to switch to a unibody aluminum design, rejecting the glass back used for the iPhone 4. The 4's glass will often crack if the phone falls and hits a hard surface. Whitmore also suggests that the phone will have a better camera and a slightly larger screen, as has been rumored.

The analyst has more interest however in the so-called iPhone 4S. He suggests that the device will cost less than $150 to make, and be sold for somewhere between $300 and $350 without a contract. This would allow Apple to push deeper into midrange smartphones, Whitmore proposes, including a market of about 1 billion prepaid customers.

The 4S is effectively seen as an 8GB iPod touch with cellular technology. With a $300 pricetag that would allow Apple to reap a profit margin of about 50 percent, Whitmore estimates. The actual 8GB Touch sells for $229, and generates a margin of approximately 38 percent.

Whatever the case, any new iPhones are widely expected to be announced on October 4th. If Apple does reveal prepaid iPhone options, it could conceivably extend the number of iPhone carriers beyond the rumored additions of Sprint, KDDI and China Telecom. In the US that might mean Virgin Mobile, particularly since it already operates on the Sprint network.




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  1. Rolando_jose

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    If this is right

    I will buy it!

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    i want this guy's job

    getting paid for regurgitating stuff posted on the dozens of mac/apple rumor sites out there, nice!

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Glass? Fragile? The shock and awe!

    The 4's glass will often crack if the phone falls and hits a hard surface.

    Glass will often crack if it falls and hits a hard surface.

    There, fixed that sentence!

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